Honey Love: Smooth Jazz Plays R. Kelly

Honey Love: Smooth Jazz Plays R. Kelly


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Disappointing because of what could have been but pleasant enough for what it is, Shanachie's Honey Love: Smooth Jazz Plays R. Kelly is bedroom-sexy half of the time, but a quarter of the album mistakes "smooth" for "bland" and "background" for "wallpaper." The highlights bookend the album with a feel-good version of "Bump N' Grind" opening the album and two of Kelly's big epics closing. Pamela Williams captures the "Toot! toot!/Beep! beep!" spirit of "Ignition" and Marion Meadows' wandering take on "I Believe I Can Fly" is the most "jazz" and exciting moment on the album. Everette Harp puts a wealth of emotion into his "I Can't Sleep, Baby," which unfortunately makes his track stick out like sore thumb among the album's sleepwalking middle section that totally misses every sensual opportunity Kelly's music offers. Adding to the facelessness is Shanachie's packaging, which buries every artist's name in the small font credits and advertises the label's compilations rather than albums from the talent involved. All this said, none of the tracks are embarrassments and the highlights are worth hearing.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/26/2005
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351513229
catalogNumber: 5132
Rank: 65352

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marion Meadows   Saxophone
Wayne Bruce   Guitar
Everette Harp   Saxophone
Chuck Loeb   Guitar
Pamela Williams   Keyboards,Alto Saxophone
Rohn Lawrence   Guitar
Raymond Reeder   Bass Guitar
Michael Sims   Guitar
Christopher David   Multi Instruments
Chris "Big Dog" Davis   Piano
Rhon Lawrence   Guitar
Lori Williams   Background Vocals
Robert Gee   Vocals
Robert Gee   Vocals

Technical Credits

Kim Waters   Executive Producer
Pamela Williams   Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production
Chris "Big Dog" Davis   Producer,Engineer
Melody Davis   Contributor

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